Wind energy promoted throughout Mexico
There is high wind energy potential in Mexico, but local communities must be educated on renewable energy before the country moves forward with its goal. A key aspect is to empower the society about the importance and benefits of wind energy.
Grupo Eolico Mexico (Mexico Wind Group) outreach programs have completed a series of workshops to schools and community centers about sustainable development, carbon footprint, and wind energy throughout the country. Participants learn interactively basics of sustainable development, carbon footprint, and clean energies with emphasis on wind power and then perceptions and knowledge are tested before and after each session.
According to Ernesto Alvarez, outreach program manager, the workshops are to increase awareness of clean energies and their advantages. This program will continue in a second phase throughout 2014.
The Mexican government’s energy goal for 2024 is for 35 percent of electrical power to be generated from renewable sources. Grupo Eolico Mexico declared that wind potential can satisfy future renewable domestic energy needs and even provide surpluses for export.
Mexican installed wind capacity is currently about 2 gigawatts. Forecasts predict that Mexico's installed wind capacity will grow to around 12 gigawatts in the next six years. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, and Energy Minister (SENER) Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, are encouraging renewable energies for Mexico. During the week of Jan. 21, Coldwell will be attending the World Future Energy Summit in The United Arab Emirates.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.